My only previous experience playing any instrument was about 2 months of guitar when I was 12 years old. Fast forward 34 years and I decided I’m going to learn banjo.
I have had my banjo about a week now, and been practicing between an hour and three hours per day. I practice in chunks of 10 - 20 minutes typically. It’s about all I can do before I just block up completely. So, I do what I can, then take a break.
I’m working on the forward roll lesson (mostly - have done the backwards rolls, and square rolls a little also), and I’m starting to recognize that my timing is horrible. I tend to pause just a tiny bit between measures. Also, my picking sometimes ends up just being the picks sliding off the strings instead of actually plucking the strings.
When either of those things happen (which is a lot) I lose track of where I am, then I flub a note, or play something totally wrong. In other words, in a week of practice, I have not gotten through “Boil Dem Cabbage Down” once without messing something up.
Those were just two things I’ve noticed I do “wrong” a lot. I am frustrated, but not really frustrated.
Loving the learning, but my personality says I need to be learning faster…NOW. Anything else I’ve done I’ve picked up super fast. Learning an instrument is like nothing I’ve ever tried to learn before, so it’s strange not just knowing where to find the answer, and working it out quickly.
Any advice? I don’t even really know what advice I’m looking for, but I’m open to anything.